Marcel·lí Antúnez Roca
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POL documents the interactive mecatronic performance by the same title which was conceived as a contemporary fable, ôan ironic and poetic tale for all publicsö. Despite it being a fable, the piece does not spare us the shocking and eschatological details so characteristic of the work of Marcel·li Antúnez Roca. The storyÆs main character is an anthropomorphous rabbit who has lost his first teething - a metaphor of infancy and other stages of physiological mutation of the body - and is desperately looking for love. According to the author, the rabbit adventures will be rewarded with new teeth and with amorous bliss. Meanwhile, on his way, he will be confronted with ôarchetypal passions and fears: repulsion towards dirt, violent euphoria, fears of infection, narcotic nightmaresö. This video summarises the features and elements of the original spectacle. In it we watch the two actors with complete ôexoskeletonsö -the ôrabbitö and Marcelòli himself- with which they activate the rest of the elements in the piece: a background comprising three vertical screens, five robots and the sound and light elements that make up the audiovisual/multimedia scenography of the spectacle.

We could say that with this piece Marcel·li Antúnez Roca approaches text-theatre. It is still an image-theatre, but now he includes 3D and Flash animations, projected in different configurations on the screen tryptic in the background. In addition, the robotic entities, the mecatronic orthopedy and the software created especially for both the mis-en-scÚne and the whole concept of the spectacle, all this adds new dimensions to MarcelòliÆs work.

The production team in this mecatronic piece was made up of Alain Wergifosse in music, Roland Olbeter in the conception and creation of the robots, Jesús de la Calle in computer programming, the EBA studio in the exoskeletons and other robotic entities, the SU Studio in the 3D animation, Eugenio Tisselli in the MIDI programming, etc. Piero Steiner plays the ôrabbitö and Silvia GarcÝa his virtual love interest in the projected cyclorama.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Pol
  • Direction: Marcel·lí Antúnez Roca
  • Production: Marcel·lí Antúnez Roca. 2002.
  • Duration: 00:08:15
  • Languages: Catalan
  • Original format: Quicktime
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright